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Biden Cares For Families

Biden Supports Lower Child Care Costs
Biden Wants Lower Child Care Costs

We previously talked about Biden's impressive and compassionate 2024 budget that emphasized supporting families, increasing taxes on billionaires and corporations, stimulating the economy, increasing good jobs, and reducing the deficit. Biden policies help children and families.

Let's take a further look at how Biden's budget helps families:

Cuts Child Care Costs

  • A new proposal to enable States to increase child care options for more than 16 million young children and lowers costs so that parents can afford to send their children to high-quality child care.

  • The Budget also provides $9 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, an increase of nearly $1 billion, to expand access to quality, affordable child care for families across the Nation. In addition, the Budget expands a tax credit to encourage businesses to provide child care benefits to their employees.

  • Who is helped by this budget item - this budget item obviously benefits children, parents and businesses. If parents have access to affordable quality child care then that relieves their worry about their kids, helps them to consistently work and maintain employment. The kids get increased socialization and age appropriate education. Businesses get consistent employees.

Expands Access to Free, High-Quality Preschool

Lowers Home Energy and Water Costs

  • The Budget provides $4.1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), building on the $13 billion provided in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to reduce energy bills for families, expand clean energy, transform rural power production, and create thousands of good-paying jobs for people across rural America.

  • Since the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) expires at the end of 2023, the Budget proposes to expand LIHEAP funding and allow States the option to use a portion of their LIHEAP funds to provide water bill assistance to low-income households.

  • Who is helped by this budget item - Who doesn't want lower home energy and water costs ? The IRA helps families change their appliances and HVAC systems to much more efficient systems that are good for the environment and good for your wallet. The IRA also simulates new industry and provides good paying jobs in the clean economy.

Improves College Affordability

  • To help low- and middle-income students overcome financial barriers to postsecondary education, the Budget proposes to increase the discretionary maximum Pell Grant by $500, providing over 6.8 million students with money for college. This request builds on successful bipartisan efforts to increase the maximum Pell Grant award by $900 over the past two years, and lays out a path to double the award by 2029.

  • Who is helped by this budget item - Yep, college can be incredibly expensive. Families have to start saving early in the child's life and you pray there will be enough. Every little bit helps.

Expands Free Community College

Increases Food Security by Providing Critical Nutrition Assistance

  • As called for in the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the Budget provides over $15 billion to allow more States and schools to leverage participation in the Community Eligibility Program and provide healthy and free school meals to an additional 9 million children. The Budget also includes $6.3 billion to support the 6.5 million individuals expected to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

  • Who is helped by this budget item - Good nutrition for early childhood development (ECD) is essential. Healthy foods (including breast milk at birth) helps with brain and neurological developmental, building bone and muscle, providing energy for active kids who sprout like weeds, aids in psychological development and actually promotes learning in school. Good nutrition "sets the table" for health and success in the rest of the child's life. It can help avoid childhood obesity and potential for diabetes and other obesity related diseases later in life. For more information read this paper - The Importance of Nutrition for Development in Early Childhood from Kaitlyn Sue Suha at California State University - San Bernardino.

What else has Biden and the Democrats done for children ?

  • The Child Tax Credit Under the American Rescue Plan Act - Congress expanded the Child Tax Credit for one year (2021) in the American Rescue Plan Act enacted in March 2021. The maximum credit amount increased from $2,000 to $3,600 per child under age 6 and to $3,000 per child aged 6-17 (including 17-year-olds for the first time).

  • Combining full refundability, extended eligibility for 17-year-olds, and the larger credit amount, the expanded Child Tax Credit drove child poverty sharply downward in 2021, when it reached a record low of 5.2 percent, according to Census Bureau data. It kept roughly 2.1 million children above the poverty line ― including an estimated 752,000 Latino children, 649,000 white children, 524,000 Black children, 89,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children, and 56,000 Asian children ― and lessened differences in poverty rates between children of all races and ethnicities.

  • More than 90 percent of families with lower incomes used their monthly payments to buy food, pay utility bills, make rent or mortgage payments, buy clothing, and cover education costs.

Biden Cares For Families !

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